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Stefan Bradl beats title rival Marc Marquez to San Marino pole

Stefan Bradl claimed his first pole position since Assen in June after a tense battle with championship rival Marc Marquez at Misano.

Marquez had set much of the early running, with 23 minutes to go dropped his bike at Turn 2 just moments after Bradl had displaced him at the top.

As Marquez returned to the pits Bradl set a succession of fastest laps, culminating in a 1m37.507s effort two minutes from the chequered flag.

There was time for Marquez to respond and on his final tour he was faster in the final sector, but eventually fell away and had to settle for second, 0.256s down.

Gresini's Yuki Takahashi improved throughout the session to claim the final spot on the front row, a further quarter of a second down the road from Marquez.

Scott Redding put his Marc VDS Suter fourth on his final tour of Misano, demoting JIR Motobi rider Alex de Angelis into fifth.

Fellow Briton Bradley Smith (Tech 3) was also a late improver as he jumped into sixth as the flag fell, nine thousandths of a second ahead of Andrea Iannone (Speed Master Suter).

Behind Michele Pirro (Gresini), Pol Espargaro finished ninth fastest for HP Tuenti. Older brother Aleix (Pons Kalex) was 12th, with Thomas Luthi (Interwetten) and Jules Cluzel (Forward Suter) splitting the pair.

Pos  Rider                Team/Bike            Time       Gap

 1.  Stefan Bradl         Kiefer Kalex         1m37.828s  
 2.  Marc Marquez         Catalunya Suter      1m38.084s  + 0.256s
 3.  Yuki Takahashi       Gresini Moriwaki     1m38.340s  + 0.512s
 4.  Scott Redding        Marc VDS Suter       1m38.364s  + 0.536s
 5.  Alex de Angelis      JIR Motobi           1m38.461s  + 0.633s
 6.  Bradley Smith        Tech 3               1m38.535s  + 0.707s
 7.  Andrea Iannone       Speed Master Suter   1m38.544s  + 0.716s
 8.  Michele Pirro        Gresini Moriwaki     1m38.600s  + 0.772s
 9.  Pol Espargaro        Speed Up FTR         1m38.647s  + 0.819s
10.  Thomas Luthi         Interwetten Suter    1m38.657s  + 0.829s
11.  Jules Cluzel         Forward Suter        1m38.730s  + 0.902s
12.  Aleix Espargaro      Pons Kalex           1m38.785s  + 0.957s
13.  Mattia Pasini        Ioda FTR             1m38.883s  + 1.055s
14.  Julian Simon         Aspar Suter          1m38.887s  + 1.059s
15.  Simone Corsi         Ioda FTR             1m39.005s  + 1.177s
16.  Esteve Rabat         Blusens FTR          1m39.152s  + 1.324s
17.  Max Neukirchner      MZ                   1m39.166s  + 1.338s
18.  Mike di Meglio       Tech 3               1m39.239s  + 1.411s
19.  Randy Krummenacher   Kiefer Kalex         1m39.411s  + 1.583s
20.  Claudio Corti        Italtrans Suter      1m39.432s  + 1.604s
21.  Alex Baldolini       Pons Kalex           1m39.436s  + 1.608s
22.  Raffaele de Rosa     Forward Suter        1m39.440s  + 1.612s
23.  Xavier Simeon        Tech 3               1m39.564s  + 1.736s
24.  Anthony West         MZ                   1m39.570s  + 1.742s
25.  Robertino Pietri     Italtrans Suter      1m39.685s  + 1.857s
26.  Mika Kallio          Marc VDS Suter       1m39.701s  + 1.873s
27.  Ricard Cardus        QMMF Moriwaki        1m39.726s  + 1.898s
28.  Tomoyoshi Koyama     Technomag-CIP Suter  1m39.774s  + 1.946s
29.  Dominique Aegerter   Technomag-CIP Suter  1m40.013s  + 2.185s
30.  Alessandro Andreozzi Andreozzi Corse      1m40.363s  + 2.535s
31.  Joan Olive           Blusens FTR          1m40.459s  + 2.631s
32.  Santiago Hernandez   SAG FTR              1m40.474s  + 2.646s
33.  Valentin Debise      Speed Up FTR         1m40.538s  + 2.710s
34.  Ratthapak Wilairot   SAG FTR              1m40.606s  + 2.778s
35.  Carmelo Morales      La Torre Moriwaki    1m40.607s  + 2.779s
36.  Jordi Torres         Aspar Suter          1m40.821s  + 2.993s
37.  Kenny Noyes          Avintia FTR          1m41.339s  + 3.511s
38.  Jake Gagne           GP Tech FTR          1m41.540s  + 3.712s
39.  Mashel Al Naimi      QMMF Moriwaki        1m41.840s  + 4.012s
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